Jacob Lawrence

Best-known amongst 20th century paintings, Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, eventually spending a majority of his childhood in and out of foster care in Philadelphia before reconnecting with his mother in New York City; specifically, Harlem. Growing up, his mother had enrolled him in art classes, securing a love for the field at an early age. Upon dropping out of school at age 16, Lawrence began attending classes at Harlem Art Workshop, taught by renowned artist Charles Alston. Read more

After John Brown's capture, he was put to trial for his life in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia)

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Barber Shop

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Dreams #1

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Forward

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John Brown formed an organization among the colored people of the Adirondack woods to resist the capture of any fugitive slave

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Rain

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Street Orator's Audience

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Subway Home from Work

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The Brown Angel

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The Migration Series, Panel no. 1: During World War I there was a great migration north by southern African Americans.

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Migration panel 2. The World War had caused a great shortage in Northern industry and also citizens of foreign countries were returning home.

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The Migration Series, Panel no. 3: From every southern town migrants left by the hundreds to travel north.

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Migration panel 4. The Negro was the largest source of labor to be found after all others had been exhausted.

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The Migration Series, Panel no. 5: Migrants were advanced passage on the railroads, paid for by northern industry. Northern industry was to be repaid by the migrants out of their future wages.

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Migration panel 6. The trains were packed continually with migrants.

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The Migration Series, Panel no. 7: The migrant, whose life had been rural and nurtured by the earth, was now moving to urban life dependent on industrial machinery.

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